Teen photographer snaps up a top spot in Auckland-wide photo competition

Budding photographer Jade Petry, 14, is one of the youngest entries to make the top 30 with Barber Artist.
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Budding photographer Jade Petry, 14, is one of the youngest entries to make the top 30 with Barber Artist.

Budding photographer Jade Petry, 14, has shot off to a good start, career-wise, snapping up a top spot in an all-ages photography competition.

Auckland Photo Day is a competition where Aucklanders are given 24 hours to capture an image that reflects the theme: my Auckland.

Jade, a student from Albany Junior High School on Auckland's North Shore, said she had walked around all day, with her camera, looking for inspiration.

"Barber Artist" made the top 30 for the Auckland Photo Day competition.
Supplied/Jade Petry

"Barber Artist" made the top 30 for the Auckland Photo Day competition.

However, it wasn't until she stopped into a arcade-based barber shop that she found the shot she wanted.

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Albany Junior High School student Jade Petry, 14, said photography is just for fun at the moment.
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Albany Junior High School student Jade Petry, 14, said photography is just for fun at the moment.

Jade named her entry Barber Artist, and submitted in the Auckland Photo Day competition, which is part of the Auckland Festival of Photography.

Jade said she was "really surprised" when it was announced she had made the top 30 entries.

"All my teachers were wishing me congratulations," she said.

Photography teacher William Kim, left, encouraged Jade to enter the competition.
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Photography teacher William Kim, left, encouraged Jade to enter the competition.

Jade is really interested in photography and film-making, but right now she is just trying it out, she said. 

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Photography teacher William Kim said he is just "super proud".

Kim encourages his students to enter up-and-coming competitions by writing them on the whiteboard for students to see.

Auckland Festival of Photography's Bev Goodwin said, out of the hundreds of submissions, the standard has to be very high to make the top 30.

"This is a great achievement," Goodwin said.

Barber Artist will feature in an art exhibition, July 3, from 6pm at Albany Junior High School.

The top 30 shots from Auckland Photo Day are on show at Auckland War Memorial Museum until 30 June.

 

 - Stuff

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